The intent of the UDC can be seen in the way that members petitioned school leaders to alter their curriculum in ways that glorified the Confederacy and minimized the evils of slavery. For example, a Texas chapter of the UDC worked to make sure that the following U. D. C. Catechism for Children was recited in schools throughout the state. Other UDC chapters around the nation followed suit and generations of white Southern children recited the following selections of the UDC catechism as part of a call-and-response exercise in public schools:
Q: What causes led to the war between the States, from 1861 to 1865?
A; The disregard, on the part of States of the North, for the rights of the Southern or slave-holding States.
Q: How was this shown?
A: By the passage of laws in the Nothern States annulling the rights of the people of the South—rights that were given to them by the Constitution of the United States.
Q: What were these rights?
A: The rights to regulate their own affairs and to hold slaves as property.
Q: How were the slaves treated?
A: With great kindness and care in nearly all cases, a cruel master being rare
Leaders of the UDC now claim that their organization has changed and no longer defends slavery. However, UDC members throughout the nation have threatened African Americans and others who have pushed for the removal of monuments and have even threatened to sue to prevent the dedication of monuments to civil rights leaders. UDC members have also consistently opposed the addition of signage from scholars and local historical societies that would offer historical context.
In 2018, after a long period of public debate, especially in the context of other Confederate monuments and statues that had been removed in other parts of the South, the Denton County Commissioners Court decided to keep the memorial where it is but add signage to offer historical context. It was recommended that a plaque denouncing slavery and racial superiority be placed below the statue and that an interactive kiosk be installed nearby. As May 2019, it is unclear whether these have been installed yet.